Kings of rock
This weekend the Tragically Hip’s last concert in Kingston will be nationally broadcast, and will bring the country together. Years before CanRock legends The Band hired Martin Scorsese to film their own farewell, the Last Waltz. Maclean’s profiled them in 1969 about their work with Bob Dylan and getting their start on Yonge Street.
Is the grass greener on the other side?
“As a politician, she’s less interested in acquiring power than harnessing the change power can effect,” Anne Kingston wrote in 2007. Elizabeth May has built the Greens into a parliamentary presence, but she’s remained a one-woman show in her decade-long leadership. Now she might not be leader for long. As one Ottawa insider describes, she’s a “dedicated goddamned visionary.”
In a 2005 interview with Maclean’s, Jack Layton said, “I remember the day. It was a complete penny-drop moment. I was literally in the shower, and I thought, I don’t like being in opposition. I like being in proposition.” In memory of Layton, a Maclean’s exclusive takes an intimate look back to his days drafting policy papers on holidays, from smalltown Quebec to Toronto city hall.
At the Olympics, everything is on the line. Every triumph is bigger, bolder and more breathtaking, every defeat more difficult, and every scandal more disappointing. This collection of Olympic moments profiles one of the greatest sprinters of all time, and reveals an unlikely winner of the “most dangerous event.” If you think the Rio Games have been a fiasco before they’ve even started, read John McMurtry’s essay on the Montreal Games in 1973.
“A song has to have a point of view, a philosophy to hold it together,” Gordon Lightfoot said in 1968. Canada has long boasted great songwriters, and we keep finding new talent. What does a Portuguese-Canadian girl cleaning hotel rooms in Victoria have in common with a child superstar scoring three billion hits on YouTube? They’re both stories of artists who have helped push the Canadian music scene into a promising groove.